The picturesque coastal town of Sesimbra in Portugal is once again preparing to host a unique gathering of divers from all around the world. This diverse group is set to unite for a noble cause on May 27th, striving to shatter the World Record for the largest underwater cleanup. This ambitious initiative is steered by the non-profit organization, Oceanum Liberandum, and it’s going to be bigger than ever this year, with added support from EDP, the Planet Caretakers team as volunteers and FMR Brands with SAVG Energy.
Last year’s pioneering dive, backed by Portugal’s leading energy provider, EDP, resulted in an astounding feat. Nearly 600 divers assembled over a 12-hour period to remove 3.5 tonnes of waste from the ocean – an effort that not only ensured a cleaner marine environment but also secured a prestigious place in the Guinness World Records.
This year, the stakes are even higher. The goal is to amass more than 633 divers and conduct the world’s largest underwater cleanup in less than 24 hours.
FMR Brands is significantly invested in the underwater cleanup initiative due to its deeply-rooted commitment to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship. Recognizing the detrimental effects of ocean pollution, we see this sponsorship as an extension of our corporate social responsibility. FMR Brands is unwavering in its determination to be a part of the solution for healthier oceans and a greener planet. Alongside SAVG Energy, we are joining forces with Oceanum Liberandum and EDP to support this grand endeavor.
The event is open to all certified divers. Registration is straightforward and free of cost, with divers simply needing to sign up at one of the partner diving centers. Although equipment rental will be available for free on the event day, those who have their equipment are encouraged to bring it along due to logistical considerations.
If you’re a certified diver and would like to participate, please do so here.
The big day will start at 8 am on May 27th. All registered divers are required to be at the harbor area an hour before their designated departure time. They will then be transported to the diving area in various batches throughout the day, with each dive lasting a maximum of 40 minutes. A Guinness World Records adjudicator will be present on the day, ensuring the legitimacy of the record-breaking attempt.
Beyond the divers, the organizers are also enlisting volunteers to assist in sorting and tallying the collected waste. To become a land volunteer, individuals can contact the association via email. All volunteers, as well as divers, will receive an event-themed t-shirt as a token of appreciation.
In conjunction with the cleanup initiative, Oceanum Liberandum is also organizing a week-long series of events dedicated to the conservation of our oceans.
Post cleanup, Oceanum Liberandum plans to breathe a new life into the waste collected, by repurposing it into clothing, furniture, or pieces of art.
Join hands (or rather, dive deep!) with Oceanum Liberandum, EDP, FMR Brands, SAVG Energy, and divers from around the world on May 27th for this significant endeavor. Together, let’s strive for cleaner oceans and a sustainable future.
To participate or find out more about this event, please visit the Oceanum Liberandum website.